Known as the center of Reform Jewish Life in West Michigan, Temple Emanuel is the fifth oldest Reform Jewish congregation in the United States, (among congregations that have always been Reform).
Temple Emanuel's members have been active participants in Grand Rapids and West Michigan since before our founding in 1857. Our members have been mayor, Senator, candidate for Lieutenant Governor, active community, cultural, education and business leaders. Our members have been superintendent of schools, conductor and artists of the Grand Rapids Symphony Orchestra, Director of the Grand Rapids Art Museum, president of the Urban Institute for Contemporary Arts.
We have members across the political spectrum who are active on both sides of the aisle. Our members are social workers, scientists, university professors, captains of industry, volunteer tutors, and from a broad cross section of social, economic and educational segments of the community. This diversity makes us a vibrant community of which it is exciting to be a part.
Temple Emanuel participates in many interfaith activities throughout the year and co-sponsors many events and programs with other Grand Rapids Jewish organizations.
Temple Emanuel has many committees that offer a variety of involvement opportunities in West Michigan Jewish life.